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tramontina pro-line 24 qt.

Sounds like a good deal. I use a 16qt for canning. To avoid prolonged and excessive smells, heat and moisture in the kitchen I have a simple but powerful gas burner that I use out of doors.

Jan 13, 2015
andrewtree in Cookware

Recipes with Madeira?

Zabaglione

Jan 06, 2015
andrewtree in Home Cooking

What oil do you use for homemade mayo?

I like mayo tasting of olive oil but all extra virgin is too intense, and if using a stick blender imparts a bitter taste. So, I start off with one whole egg and one yolk, a dash of apple cider vinegar, S&P. I then add light olive oil with the stick blender. I transfer the half done mayo to a mixing bowl and hand whisk in extra virgin. Overall probably about a 50/50 light to EV mix. I get about 12-14 oz of mayo.

Jan 04, 2015
andrewtree in Home Cooking

Magic Pot

Search for cast aluminum pot on ebay, you might see something similar

Dec 28, 2014
andrewtree in Cookware

Au gratin potatoes again - what cheese?

A curious reply from a French instructor. A gratin is a way of cooking, not a definition of ingredients. Gratin Dauphinois is often made without cheese.

Dec 26, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking

How much for a pint of shucked oysters in your neck of the woods??

I pay $6-8 per half pint at a local fishmonger here in WA (on Puget Sound) depending on size. My local Costco has them much cheaper in a larger container, but more than I want to purchase at one time.

Dec 26, 2014
andrewtree in General Topics

Au Gratin Potatoes that are Creamy but not Runny

Yes, finely slice and cook the potatoes slowly in heavy cream with a grate or two of garlic, S&P and perhaps some nutmeg. Start with the cream below the level of the potatoes as they release some liquid. Then turn into a gratin dish to brown in the oven. I never add cheese.

Dec 22, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking

Costco Single Malt?

Thanks for that idea, I assumed inventories would at least be similar.

Dec 18, 2014
andrewtree in Spirits

Costco Single Malt?

I lived in Scotland for many years and enjoyed good single malts from all areas. Now, living in a rural area of the US my choices are limited, hence my request.

Dec 18, 2014
andrewtree in Spirits

Costco Single Malt?

The latter, the moment being now! And I have read good reviews for Kirkland brand Speyside, though none to be found in my local Costco recently.

Dec 17, 2014
andrewtree in Spirits

Costco Single Malt?

Any recommendations for a single malt sold by Costco?

Dec 17, 2014
andrewtree in Spirits

Crock Pot Pork Belly Recipes?

My favorite way with pork belly is to cut into five eighth to half inch thick slices, cook in the crock pot for 2-3 hours until tender with no added liquid. Then lay flat in a roasting pan and into a 350-400F oven for 10+ minutes. Browns very well though would not perhaps be what you call crispy. But does have a wonderful melting texture which I crave with sauerkraut. And you'll get some excellent lard and pork juices left in the crock pot.

Dec 10, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking

Starbucks may have brought out the heavy artillery

"Your impressions of the place will be deeply affected by your own feelings about Starbucks". Sounds about right.

Dec 07, 2014
andrewtree in Greater Seattle

To buy or not to buy Re: Mortar and Pestle

Dec 06, 2014
andrewtree in Cookware

Tomato canning: Swapped out tomatoes with lemon juice in my cans right before processing, should I be worried about not enough lemon juice in certain jars and too much in others?

For peace of mind I would put the toms back into the cooking pan, stir them well and test the pH (pH testing strips are cheap and easy to use). Add more lemon juice if necessary. Clean/sterilize the jars, bring the toms back to the boil and re-can and water bath.

Dec 02, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking
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Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Boulder Organic green chile corn chowder, 2 x 24oz for $10 at Sequim, WA.

I was excited to find a fresh soup with Hatch green chile, something I can't get enough of here in the NW. The soup is wholesome but rather dull with little flavor of the chile. But it is a good base, with the addition of bacon and heavy cream it was very good. Then again most things are improved with bacon and cream.....

Nov 18, 2014
andrewtree in Chains

Gluten free flour used for gravy?

I use masa harina, works very well

Should I get a slow cooker...and what brand?

Two reasons why I use a slow cooker while working from home;
1) for cooking dishes overnight and those needing 24+ hours such as bone broths
2) I use the slow cooker in a shed to keep the heat and cooking smells out of the house.

Nov 12, 2014
andrewtree in Cookware

Costco liquor - best buys?

Costco sell this?

Nov 12, 2014
andrewtree in Chains

Costco liquor - best buys?

Interested to hear opinions on gin; tequila and orange liqueur for margaritas; and cheap brandy for cooking

Nov 11, 2014
andrewtree in Chains

What's the best non-toxic(ish) pan for cooking eggs?

Kaleo started a thread about these pans a while back, there is an easy and effective way to prepare them for use (not season exactly). Mine never sticks, I just give it a wipe after use every now and then with or without a pinch of salt.

Oct 24, 2014
andrewtree in Cookware

What's the best non-toxic(ish) pan for cooking eggs?

I use one of these, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-CLUB-...
Better conductivity than cast/carbon steel and much lighter for those occasions I do want to flip.

Oct 24, 2014
andrewtree in Cookware

whats your go-to salsa recipe?

Tomatillos, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro, plenty of salt. Pulsed in a FP to a coarse consistency.

Sep 26, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking

Homemade Mayonnaise

After making homemade mayo for years I only recently learned that using a food processor for EVOO mayo causes bitterness. I now use a light olive oil for the early stages in the food processor (perhaps 25-30% of the total oil used) then turn it out into a bowl and whisk in EVOO for the rest. A huge difference, gone is the bitterness. There's always more to learn!

Sep 21, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking

Looking for a tried and tested Buckwheat and Almond pancake recipe

No restrictions on other ingredients, ie eggs, dairy, sugar all good

Sep 19, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking

How can i get hold of really fresh fish in Dorset, UK?

You may do better to post this on the UK board

Aug 28, 2014
andrewtree in U.K./Ireland

pH tester for home canning

Thank you. Strips it is.

Aug 24, 2014
andrewtree in Cookware

pH tester for home canning

Any recs? There are a few on Amazon around $10, will they do the job?

Aug 23, 2014
andrewtree in Cookware

Hollandaise sauce made with olive oil...... why?

True, maybe I will!

Aug 22, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking

Hollandaise sauce made with olive oil...... why?

A chef makes this in the new movie "Hundred-Foot Journey", I've never heard of this before.

So what are the benefits of making Hollandaise with olive oil? Convince me that I should try it!

Aug 22, 2014
andrewtree in Home Cooking